New Haven Shot Lights Out In 61-43 Win Over Bourbon

After struggling with his shot early in the season, in the last two games Seth Schenck is a combined 10-16 from the field and 2/5 from three point land, overall shooting 60% compared to 43% before Christmas, but mostly had struggled shooting from behind the arc.  Before Christmas Schenck was 24% while shooting 40% since the break.

New Haven, Mo. - There is a lot of basketball still to be played but if New Haven’s first two games since Christmas is any indication of what fans can expect to see it could be a fun next couple of months.

Friday night New Haven scored a season high 61points in their win over Bourbon (61-43) and was the second straight game the Shamrocks shot over 60% from the field and three players in double figures.

Kyle Ruediger led the way for New Haven, scoring a game high 22 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 5 rebounds.  “Kyle had a really good all around game… scoring and a nice job of passing the ball”, Steinhoff said.

Seth Schenck continues shooting lights out going 6-8 from the field including one three to finish with 13 points and the second game he has hit double figures. “Seth has been really shooting the ball well.  Friday night he was key to us getting easy baskets in transition… did a great job of advancing the ball, making smart decisions, and really passed the ball well”, Steinhoff added.

Alex Poggas gets hammered going up for a layup in the second quarter.

Alex Poggas scored in double figures for the second straight game with 11 points.

New Haven led 27-20 at halftime before going on a 13-3 run, holding Bourbon to just three points in the first six minutes.  New Haven’s 20 point third quarter burst began by controlling the boards and quickly pushing the ball up floor that led to easy transition points, something they did very little in their first seven games.

Taking their 13 point lead into the fourth quarter, Bourbon came out pressing but again it was the Shamrock’s smart play and great passing that helped them extend their lead to 16 (56-40) with under three minutes remaining.

Steinhoff said last year that not rebounding the ball “absolutely killed us and would’ve been a lot better team had we rebounded like the way we have so far this year.”

Ross Seitter has been one key factor to New Haven success, more of a “behind the scenes” type of player, doing a lot of little things that make a huge difference.

Seitter has doubled his rebounding average compared to last season and has been a big contributor in just about every area.  “Ross has played well and consistent since day one in a lot of areas.  He’s not a big scorer but contributes in all areas and commits very few turnovers while making a lot of nice assist passes.”  (Seitter had a game high five assist.)

Pictured left Ross Seitter.

“Every game he’s gives us a little bit of scoring, forcing turnovers… it’s huge when you can have one of your guards helping rebound the ball… Seth has been another guard who is starting to grab more rebounds as well.”

“Brandon [Carey] has really helped us on the boards and scoring.  He played a great second half Friday night.  Again passed the ball well, led us with 9 rebounds, and I continues to improve each game.”

Steinhoff was most happy with how everyone is contributing and not relying on Kyle to do all the rebounding or scoring.

Steinhoff added, “We are really playing together making unselfish and really good passes I tell the kids all the time that fans will cheer for the guy who makes the basket but the “oohs and ahhs” come from the great passes, unselfish plays, and true team play… that’s what true basketball fans appreciate it.”

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